I would very much like to see this discussion remain on as much of a fact-based and academic track as possible. I know there are many powerful sentiments attached to this subject and for very good reason; I count myself amongst those who feel strongly that this must be resolved for once and for all. However, I have learned (through trial and error
) that the best way to overcome unsound reasoning and baseless prejudice is through presentation of factual materials along with supportive data.
I can tell from reading the posts on this thread that not everyone is familiar with why and how we got to this point and are therefore somewhat confused. I hope no one minds if I explain a few things:
1. *Exochorda, the dam of Sirecho, has always has been accepted as a Straight Egyptian Arabian from the very inception of the Pyramid Society; she is clearly named in document which lists the SE foundation horses from the formative days of the PS. This has never wavered, never changed one iota. The Pyramid Society, which is the one and only authority
on what is and what is not a Straight Egyptian in terms of inclusion in that organization, has repeatedly made this clear.
2. No organization within the Arabian horse community has ever questioned the credentials of *Exochorda as a Straight Egyptian, Asil Arabian horse.
3. The originator and source of the "question" regarding *Exochorda's credentials is Hansi Heck Melynk, as an individual party and not in connection or association with any organization or authority within the Arabian Horse organizations. .
4. The issue has been carried forward for several decades by some individuals who have accepted Mrs. Heck Melnyk's contention. However, no physical evidence nor documentation has ever been presented which indicates that *Exochorda should not a qualified Straight Egyptian Arabian as per the PS.
5. Mrs. Heck-Melnyk has never published any data, documentation, nor any tangible evidence to support her contention. It has, in fact, been established that she has never done any real or physical research into the matter of *Exochorda's history in Egypt.
To clarify, when I stated that I have done casual research on this matter, I was honestly indicating that I have studied this subject over the course of many years when and if I could, as an ordinary person and not as a professional. I am not a researcher per se, and this I have stated many times on this forum. I am an ordinary person with a very full life outside of Arabian horses - I'm the mother of 3 , the grandmother of 3 and a career woman as well. I am also an interested party who hates injustice and finds it unacceptable that Arabian horse breeders and their breeding programs could be damaged by unsubstantiated rumor and innuendo propagated to promote personal agenda...and I would like to try to my best to set things right to whatever degree is possible.
I could not agree more that information on serious matters such as the credentials of an Arabian foundation horse should not be accepted at face value, but should be carefully scrutinized. I agree entirely that satisfactory supportive evidence and resource references should accompany any statement which could/would effect the public perception on the status of an Arabian horse ancestor. I fully expect and welcome that kind of scrutiny with regard to anything which I have published in the past on this subject, or will publish in the future. I only ask that this same standard be evenly applied across the board. I think that's only fair.